English Lesson: Using “It”

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It’s such a nice day today in New York but as you may know, yesterday we had a serious hurricane here in NY. It was interesting to experience such a big storm as hurricane Irene. However, it is such an inconvenience to spend all of this time with no electricity. It is surprising how much damage there is from the storm. Some people were out watching the waves at the beach. I think it is crazy to go out in a storm like that. The power company said it will take up to six days to restore the power here in Long Island.

Today, let’s take a look at the word it. It has a variety of uses in English. Do you know how to use it? Today we will look at using it as the subject of the sentence. Have a look at the paragraph above and then check today’s lesson:

It + be is used to talk about time and the weather

  • It’s such a nice day today in New York
  • It is ten o’clock in the morning
  • It is usually cool in the evenings here.

It + takes + to-Verb (infinitive) is used to show how much time is needed.

  • It will take up to six days to restore the power.
  • I takes six hours to fly from New York to Los Angeles
  • How long does it take you to get to work?  

It + be + adjective + to-Verb (infinitive) is used as the subject of the sentence:

  • It is nice to meet you!
  • It was good to see the family was safe after the storm.
  • It was interesting to experience such a big storm

It + be + adjective + Verb-ing (gerund) also can be used as the subject of the sentence:

  • It was frightening hearing the wind last night.
  • It is worth visiting Central Park if you come to NYC.
  • It’s tough working without electric power.

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